1.Under what conditions is a pest controlinspection report required?
Although the state of California regulates structural pestcontrol firms, it does not require an inspection report prior to the sale ofproperty. Financial Institutions however, usually require the report to ensurethat the building is structurally sound. This protects their investment &provides the buyer with an inexpensive safeguard to the cost to pest controlrepair & treatment.
2.What are the rights of the Buyer withregard to Pest Inspection Reports and Pest control Treatment?
When a pest control company is hired, it’s accountable toboth buyer and seller. Regardless of who pays for the inspection with a copy ofthe report due within 5 days. Under Section 1099 of the Civil Code, the sellermust deliver a copy of the report to the buyer.
3.What Information must be included in theInspection Report?
The structural pest control board requires that all pestcontrol companies use a standardized report form. The report identifies wooddestroying organisms or conditions likely to cause infestation & areaswhere problems exist. Recommendations are also commonly made for correctivetreatment along with an estimate of costs.
4.What areas are considered to beinaccessible on the inspection report?
Those areas that can’t be inspected w/out opening thestructure or removing objects blocking openings are considered inaccessible.Attics, w/out adequate crawl space, slab foundations that lack openings forplumbing, wall interiors & locked storage areas are the most common. Theinspector must list all inaccessible areas.
5.Do all recommendations listed on a reporthave to be completed prior to the sale of the home?
Some financial institutions require that both the inspection& repair work be completed prior to closing escrow. If it is not required,the buyer should be aware what has been done & what needs to be completedbefore purchasing the home. Companies are required to complete a Notice of WorkCompleted & Not Completed when any work is done on a structure.
6.If two Reports are filed on the samestructure within a reasonably close period, should they be nearly identical?
There are 3 parts to a report: findings, recommendations& estimates. Each may differ from company to company. Findings should besimilar, no matter which company performs the inspection, though minordifferences are not uncommon. Any major differences, such as failing to spotactive infestations, should be reported to both companies.
7.How long is an inspection report consideredvalid, & are companies required to certify their inspection work?
Under the Structural Pest Control Act, all licensees areresponsible for any inspection for two years from the date of such work.However, they are not responsible for conditions that develop after theinspection.
8.How can a buyer tell if a home has beeninspected before or if any work has been completed?
Every time a Pest Control company makes an inspection, itmust post a tag at the entrance of the attic or in the garage. The tag containsthe firm’s name & date of the inspection. A similar tag must be posted nextto the original tag when a company completes a Notice of Work Completed or NotCompleted.
9.What criteria should a consumer use inselecting the services of a particular pest control company?
The approach should be similar to buying other goods. Shoparound, ask friends & colleagues or your agent for a referral. Don’t forgetto compare prices and services.
10.What resources does a consumer have ifdissatisfied with the services of the Pest Control Company?
After reading the information here, contact the company withwhom you are dissatisfied & explain your problem. If the company doesn’tresolve the problem to your satisfaction you can contact the Structural PestControl Board for additional information or assistance by telephoning 919.920.6323in Northern California.